According to Brake, the road safety charity, an estimated 22% of crashes could be caused, at least in part, by driver distraction. Distracted driving can have dangerous consequences. It is a particular risk when you drive a lot for your job as focusing on your mobile and work interruptions mean a decreased awareness of surrounding traffic, a sense of tunnel vision and increased reaction times.
Even worse, research suggests that distracted drivers underestimate the effect that distraction has on them, and do not perceive their reduced awareness or ability to spot hazards. Distracted drivers also tend to have difficulty controlling their speed and staying in their lane, which endangers other drivers and pedestrians.
While there is not much you can do to control how other people drive, limiting your own distractions can help you better react to any dangers you may encounter. Use the following tips to minimise distractions while driving:
- Make sure that you are well-rested before you drive. If you feel fatigued or drowsy on the road, pull over immediately.
- Do not use your mobile to call or send messages. If you absolutely need to talk to someone, pull over somewhere first.
- Store any loose items that could roll around in the vehicle so that you aren’t tempted to reach for them while driving
- Limit your conversations with any passengers and ask them to keep their voices down to help you concentrate.
- Avoid looking at a map or other written directions while driving. Instead, use a voice-based sat nav that does not require you to look at a map, or pull into a car park to get your bearings.
- Only adjust the radio or other music players when your vehicle is at a complete stop.
- Do not eat or drink while driving.
- Never try to touch up your appearance using the rear-view mirror. You should do this once you reach your destination.
- Never use a mobile or hands-free device in heavy traffic, inclement weather or in work zones.
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